'Macho Man' Randy Savage dead after car crash
"Macho Man" Randy Savage at the 2003 movie awards.
May 20th, 2011
02:39 PM ET

'Macho Man' Randy Savage dead after car crash

[Updated at 2:39 p.m.] Pro wrestler Randy "Macho Man" Savage, 58, was killed Friday morning in Florida when the Jeep he was driving jumped a median and hit a tree, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

Savage, whose real name is Randy Poffo, and his wife, 56, who lived in Seminole, Florida, were both in the car, officials said.

An investigation is under way, but a Highway Patrol report said that Ralph Poffo "lost control" of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler for "unknown reasons" as it was traveling westbound on Florida State Route 694 near 113th Street North in Pinellas County. His vehicle "traveled over the raised concrete median divider, crossed the eastbound lanes of SR-694, over the outside curb and collided head-on with a tree," the report said.

His wife was in the passenger seat and was injured, officials said. Officials could not confirm the cause of Poffo's death.

"WWE is saddened to learn of the passing of one of the greatest Superstars of his time, Randy Poffo, aka Randy “Macho Man” Savage," the wrestling federation said in a statement. "Poffo was under contract with WWE from 1985 to 1993 and held both the WWE and Intercontinental Championships. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends. We wish a speedy recovery to his wife Lynn. Poffo will be greatly missed by WWE and his fans."

Savage was known for his flashy entertainment in and out of the ring - including his catchphrases "Ooooooh Yeaahhhhh," "Can you dig it?" and his Slim Jim commercials.

"We’re saddened by the loss," ConAgra Foods, who oversees the Slim Jim brand said in a statement. "Randy was a beloved ambassador for the Slim Jim brand for many years and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time."

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  1. john

    I'm not a Pro wrestling fan but I remember stopping while I channel surfed after hearing the voice of his wrestling persona the "Macho Man". He created an entertaining character for the WWE, this is not good news.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Duane W

    Damn.....that sucls

    May 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. edwan

    very sad when i heard this breaking news about him,even my country nobody knows very well but we love to watch westlers on tv got talented and more an entertainment,solute him randy very famous earlier 80's and 90's .. rest in peace randy we love you .. may God bless you

    May 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aj

    Don't worry Macho Man cuz u can wrestle with angels anytime! Oohhhh yyyeeeaaaahhhh!!! RIP, Macho Man.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. veronica

    you will be love and miss your are my idol rip macho man

    May 20, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Will

    sad to hear it. Just wonder how long before the news organizations start doing the whole steroid thing again with wrestlers.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J-Ho

    Is there ever going to be a news event not littered with Fundamentalist Xtians preaching? Shouldn't you be outside, with arms wide open, speaking on tongues by now? After all, tomorrow is your day...

    May 20, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bd

    Who is Ralph ? ? "but a Highway Patrol report said that Ralph Poffo "lost control" of his 2009 Jeep Wrangler " Just wondering if he was the 3rd occupant in the vehicle ....

    May 20, 2011 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. chris

    RIP "Macho Man".U will be missed .God bless u.U can dig Heaven.:-{

    May 20, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. StoneBarn

    I was very sorry to hear that Macho Man is gone. I was a big fan as a youngster. A terrible way for a life to end.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Queenfan

    Can you please change the Ralph Poffo to Randy please!

    May 20, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brotha

    thanks for the memories, thanks for the heart and soul you gave, simply THANK YOU. RIP MY FRIEND

    May 20, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Hulk Hogan

    Is it Randy or Ralph, Mean Gene?? Get your story right.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. GunnerGA

    WAS HE WEARING A SEAT BELT???? That would seem to be an important missing element to this story.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • xnoktf

      Yes, police have confirmed both he and his wife were wearing a seat belt, and that he had a heart attack which caused the accident.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |

      It was reported that they were both wearing seat belts.

      May 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      What a dick, first words wearing a seatbelt like trying to place blame! Stuff happens

      May 20, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chris

    RIP "Mocho Man"u will be missed.U can dig Heaven.OooOoh Yaahh..

    May 20, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
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